Professional Pigs

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"Krazy" Kevin Lipsitz: The reigning pickle champ is president of a magazine subscription service on Staten Island. He's 6 feet tall, 42 years old and weighs 185 pounds.

Records: Lipsitz faced off with New York radio personality Curtis Sliwa for the pickle championship and took the title by consuming 2 ½ pounds of sour pickles in five minutes. Family Status: Recently married Lorain "Loraineasaurus Rex" Lipsitz. They met at a singles event and she soon joined him in the competitive eating circuit . "It was my mother-in-law's worst nightmare," he says.

Training: If Lipsitz eats like a starved animal, it's for good reason. He trains with his two German shepherds, Sabrina and Rascal. "I cook up a family pack of 40 hot dogs and we race … We don't eat out of the same bowl." Advice: "This is like a lot of other sports. It's about training and God-given talent. A lot of the people enter these contests for a free lunch; then they realize they were blessed." Greatest Moment: "When I picked up my gold-plated pickle for becoming the pickle champ. A lot of people want that trophy." Realization of Greatness: "When I was 10 years old, I could eat 10 ears of corn in one sitting."

Ed "Cookie" Jarvis: This pizza, french fry and ice cream champ is a 35-year-old real estate salesman on New York's Long Island. He's 6-foot-6 and 380 pounds. Achievements: His pizza crown came when he downed an eight-slice pie in three minutes. He earned ice cream honors in Manhattan by devouring 6 pounds, 14 ounces in 12 minutes.

Family Status: Married for four years to wife Elyse. They have a 22-month-old child. Training: "I drink a gallon and a half of water in under two minutes. The first two gallons go down in a minute and five seconds. The last two cups take a minute. That's when you start to sweat." Inspiration: "The Food Network." Greatest Moment: "Just three days after my dad died, I won the french fry title. I dedicated that to my dad." Wife Says: "She'd like me to lose weight. I want someone to sponsor me like the Subway guy. I want to drop 100 pounds." Realization of Greatness: "Coming from a large Italian family, if you didn't eat quick, you wouldn't get seconds."